Saturday, October 17, 2015

Gunshow Triggers New Shotgun Beer Dinner Series on October 25, Closes Out 2015 Hired Guns Series with a Bang November 17-18

Pursue true hoppiness at Gunshow by scoping out craft beers from two local breweries during the nationally acclaimed restaurant’s first “Shotgun” Beer Dinner. Chef Kevin Gillespie’s Glenwood Park restaurant fires off its new quarterly brew-ser series on Sunday, October 25 by partnering with Athens-based Creature Comforts Brewing Co. and Decatur’s Three Taverns Craft Brewery. Executive chef Joey Ward says the dinner will feature 10 beers representing the two breweries’ wide range of flavors, complemented by six dishes created by his sharpshooting culinary team. Dinner rolls out to the communal-style dining tables on the restaurant’s signature rolling carts. Shotgun guests head home with glassware and other goodies from the breweries. Limited to 60 guests, tickets are $100 per person and cover tastes of all the night’s dishes and beers as well as tax and gratuity. Buy tickets online through Xorbia.
Those hunting for another dynamic blast of top talent can set sights on the final Gunshow Hired Guns dinner of the 2015 season, on target for a 6 p.m. start on November 17 and 18. Guest chef Joe Kindred, chef and co-owner of hometown namesake Kindred in Davidson, North Carolina, hits the bull’s-eye with his award-winning, contemporary take on Southern cuisine. Chef Kevin Gillespie considers Kindred a “chef’s chef.” Training at Johnson and Wales in Charleston, South Carolina and gleaning experience at well-known restaurants in Chicago, San Francisco and Charlotte already filled Kindred’s apron pocket when he and wife Katy opened their Davidson restaurant in February 2015. Kindred quickly climbed the chart to be one of Bon Appetit magazine’s top 10 new restaurants of the year. Don’t miss a shot at reservations to this high-demand event. Make phone reservations now at 404-380-1886. Online reservations open up October 17.

Atlanta Eats Live Rocks Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre October 24

Give a high five for LIVE music, cooking demos, rock star chefs and loads of food and special beverages. Atlanta Eats Live returns to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on Saturday, October 24 from 5-10 p.m. Aqua blue, Marlow’s Tavern, Seed Kitchen & Bar and Twin Smokers BBQ are among 40 Atlanta restaurants offering bites and building energy levels from 5-8 p.m. Atlanta Rhythm Section and the Georgia Satellites pump tunes from 8-10 p.m. Beer, wine and liquor, not included in the general admission ticket price, may be purchased at concession stands throughout the event. Buy tickets now: $55 general admission (food, bands, parking), $110 VIP (adds Carl Black VIP Club with drinks, VIP restaurants and VIP parking), plus applicable service fees and taxes. Event FAQ offers more details. Rock on, knowing a portion of the proceeds helps Atlanta’s restaurant community through The Giving Kitchen

Friday, October 16, 2015

Plow Your Way to White Oak Pastures’ Harvest Gathering October 17

Join the White Oak Pastures farm team and reap what they’ve sown, pretty darn close to where they planted it. The Bluffton, Georgia forecast calls for a Harvest Gathering on Saturday, October 17 during the afternoon and evening at Will Harris’ homestead. No picking (they’ve already done that), just grinning over the farm tour, music, tailgating games and a whole hog roast feast and fixings followed by a bonfire and s’mores. Cash bar for beer and wine. $10-$40 per person. Glean details on our blog; buy tickets at the White Oak Pastures online store.

Trappist Monks and Appian Way Lead to Three Taverns Beer Dinner at Stem Wine Bar October 19

Sip this saga. A 1994 European road trip and Trappist monks planted the figurative seed in Three Taverns Craft Brewery founder Brian Purcell’s mind. A home brew kit, 19 years and Roman reference to Three Taverns along the Appian Way later, Decaturite Purcell tapped Three Taverns Craft Brewery beer. Meet Purcell and hear the rest of the story when Stem Wine Bar hosts a Three Taverns Beer Dinner on Monday, October 19. Owner/chef Doug Turbush of Stem and Seed Kitchen & Bar and beverage manager Chris McNeill collaborate on the five-course menu with pairings of Jonah crab salad and Prince of Pilsen; lamb tartare with White Hops; Maple Leaf Farms duck, creamed Brussels sprouts, cider glaze and grain mustard with A Night in Brussels; quad-braised veal cheeks, mushroom shallot glaze and baby turnips with Quasimodo; and a spicy ending of local pear crisp, sour cherries and black pepper ice cream with Le Peche Mode. Dinner fills the 6:30-9:30 p.m. slot. Limited number of seats; buy tickets online in advance for $79 each (includes tax and gratuity).  

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bellina Alimentari, Midtown’s Gastronomic Passport to Italy, Opens October 19 at Ponce City Market

Buon giorno! Bellina Alimentari, an epicurean epicenter of authentic Italian foods, wines, beers and gifts opens Monday, October 19 in the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market in Midtown. Architect/owner Tal Postelnik Baum welcomes all to embrace "la vita è bontà" or "food as a way of life" -- whether life is busier than a Roman road or serene as the Tuscan countryside -- through Bellina Alimentari’s unique Kitchen, Bar, Market and Culinary Club. Executive chef David Berry, general manager Jim Monast and creative director Alice Noel Fabi join Baum in making this good life possible, delectably and affordably. Pick up a freshly prepared meal in the Kitchen to go or to eat in Ponce City Market’s collective dining hall (people watching from cafe tables is sport in Italy). Chef Berry’s menu dishes out heady sauces, house-made pastas, seasonal vegetable dishes, an antipasti bar and specialties such as maltagliati della sorellina (house-made maltagliati pasta with mushroom ragù and crispy chicken bites) and Francesina, a traditional Tuscan pulled beef and sweet onion stew, served over creamy polenta. For a more intimate Italian meal, sit down in the Bar, a 14-seat, full-service dining area where guests are privy to a wide selection of wine, beer and craft cocktails. The Market is heaven for cook-it-yourselfers with its array of fresh pastas, finest Italian imported products such as olive oils, sauces and spreads, plus many locally sourced and made-for-Bellina Alimentari meats and cheeses. Those searching for gifts for gourmets and handcrafted items will find the selection “bellissimo!” Learn the Italian way to prepare fresh, healthy meals with simple ingredients by taking a workshop or cooking class at the Culinary Club, which also will be a venue for special events and private parties. The name Bellina Alimentari loosely translates to “lovely specialty food store.” Hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oh, but it’s so much more. Follow Bellina Alimentari on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For additional information, call 404-330-9933.

Pig Roast is Boss Hog at Ray’s on the River October 17

Salute the swine with your bestie boar-friends when Ray’s on the River hosts a riverside pig roast on Saturday, October 17 from noon-3 p.m. A high-on-the-hog buffet boasts a whole roasted pig with homemade sauces, crunchy herb slaw, Red Bliss potato salad, homemade Maytag chips, classic mac and cheese and Southern-style cornbread joined by a salad bar, homemade desserts, iced tea and soda. Visit the cash bar for alcoholic beverages. $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call Ray’s on the River at 770-955-1187 and have your credit card number ready to hold your spot (card will be charged before event). 

Aria and Table 1280 Spread PBJ for Good Dishes on Menu to Fight Malnutrition October 16-25

Chances are if you’re reading this you don’t know SAM. SAM is a nickname for Severe Acute Malnutrition, affecting 20 million children worldwide each year and is the cause driving chefs from Aria, Table 1280 and other Atlanta restaurants to jam out with peanut butter, creating PBJ for Good menu specials. Table 1280, for example, gussies up the spreads in a peanut butter and jelly mousse bar dessert of freshly baked homemade sponge cake with peanut butter mousse and strawberry gelée. From World Hunger Day, Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 25, participating restaurants will donate sales proceeds from their chefs’ PB&J creations to STOP SAM so the nonprofit can purchase and provide Mother Administered Nutritive Aid (MANA) to malnourished children around the world. The lifesaving packets of RUTF, Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, are a simple blend of fortified peanut butter, milk and nutrients made right here in Georgia. Eating just three MANA packets a day for six to seven weeks returns a SAM-suffering child to sustainable good health

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Southern Gentleman Holds Open the Door to Sophisticated Sports Viewing with Weekly Monday Night Bourbon Club

Beer and wings are not the only game in town for Monday night football fans. At The Southern Gentleman, top NFL game viewing and top-shelf whiskies team up for the Buckhead Atlanta gastropub’s new Monday Night Bourbon Club. The weekly event showcases premier whiskey brands and specialty cocktails flanked by executive chef Matthew Ridgway’s refined tailgating fare. Reps from featured spirit brands will be on the sidelines to speak with guests and offer tastes of their product lines for a fun, educational and interactive experience. Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey takes the all-star roll on October 19 followed by Four Roses Bourbon on October 26. Forget corn dogs and field Ridgway’s deviled eggs with okra chutney, Southern Cracker Jack popcorn, meat pies, cheddar herb biscuits, Georgia peanut butter wings and confit pork belly with sherry vinegar sauce, fried rosemary and Kentucky bourbon barrel soy ($5-$10). Giant 60” screens on either side of the roomy bar area cap the owners’ box quality evening. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Stop and Smell the Roses at Article 14 Four Roses Bourbon Dinner

Take a pause from the busy workweek and take part in Article 14’s Four Roses Bourbon dinner on Thursday, October 15. Starting at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre hour, the evening progresses to a three-course seated dinner paired with Four Roses bourbons including Four Roses Yellow Label, Four Roses Small Batch and Four Roses Single Barrel. Overlooking the scenic Salt River in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Four Roses has been handcrafting bourbon since 1888 and has been named “American Whisky Distiller of the Year” four of the last five years by Whisky Magazine. Cost is $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Make reservations by calling 404-443-8432.

Fans Cheer Smokebelly BBQ Fall Menu Newbies

Right in the thick of “good old-fashioned hate” season, Smokebelly BBQ unleashes a powerful roster of eats that football fans can agree on and love. First quarter faves fill the BBQ Tapas section with lady killers (fried pickles with BBQ ranch dipping sauce), grilled cheese bites on bâtard bread, spicy pork belly bites, and smoked brisket and sofrito empanadas with chipotle dipping sauce ($5.75-$9.75). Grip the Smokebelly Stack of smoked pork and lean sliced brisket or the 50/50 burger that combines ground bacon and a brisket/short-rib blend and is served with crispy tobacco onions, pickles and ghost cheese ($12-$12.50). Stay light on the feet by forking into salads centered on chilled farro and green beans with smoked almonds and mint yogurt dressing; quinoa and mixed vegetables; green bean and tomato smoked feta or the BBQ quinoa bowl boasting a colorful mix of julienne carrots, diced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, mint and a honey citrus vinaigrette ($3.95-$7.50). Jalapeño cornbread cakes with sweet corn edamame succotash goes the distance to please gluten-free and vegan menu watchers ($7.25). Barbecue plates, smoked wings, sandwiches and sides continue to be valuable players, especially when tagged by creative cocktails or one of the 36 craft brews. Sixteen large viewing screens capture the extra point, every time. Smokebelly serves lunch and dinner daily and offers free self-parking. 

Go Sunny-side Up Over Ormsby’s New Weekend Brunch Plates and Cocktail Menus

Ormsby’s weekend brunch is the Westside place to hash out upcoming plans over a plate of corned beef and hash with a sunny-side up egg ($12) and Ormsby’s yellow bloody Mary ($10). Rough week? Seek comfort in shrimp and grits resplendent with roasted red peppers, caramelized onions and a nip of cream sherry ($12 small, $16 regular) chased by blackberry ginger bourbon iced tea ($9). Tilt a Monkey Mosa ($8) in the left hand while the right hoists a jalapeño cheddar biscuit balancing fried chicken, scrambled eggs and cheddar not to mention sides of bacon, grits or potato hash ($10). Come again for a classic champagne cocktail ($9) and Southern-fried chicken and Belgian or red velvet waffles with chipotle syrup and two eggs ($10), salmon croquette Benedict ($14) or raisin challah French toast with applewood-smoked bacon ($10). Ormsby’s respects night owls by waiting until noon to serve brunch each Saturday and Sunday and keeping the plates coming until 3 p.m.  

Monday, October 12, 2015

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We can say “danke schön” to the Germans for aspirin, glue sticks, the accordion and the Easter Bunny, to name a few. But the most fun and festive has to be Oktoberfest. Celebrate the season of indulging in beer and German food by oompah’ing over to our Oktoberfest board to discover German delights such as beer cheese spread, Jägerspätzle, strudels and bratwurst-stuffed potato skins, tips and recipes for hosting your own Oktoberfest spread and even a DIY for Oktoberfest lederhosen.


Scroll over to Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails on Instagram for handcrafted happiness –- puppies, accolades, irresistible food shots, events -- from chef Tom Gray. If in the Jacksonville, Florida area this week, purchase tickets to attend Moxie’s Foley Family Wine Dinner on October 8. 

Appetizing Aperture

Zoom in on HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern’s new pork belly and arugula pizza ($14). This vibrant menu addition for fall is topped with savory pork belly, sweet caramelized onions, grilled pineapple, burrata, tomatoes and arugula.

Stop and Smell the Roses at Article 14 Four Roses Bourbon Dinner

Take a pause from the busy workweek and take part in Article 14’s Four Roses Bourbon dinner on Thursday, October 15. Starting at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre hour, the evening progresses to a three-course seated dinner paired with Four Roses bourbons including Four Roses Yellow Label, Four Roses Small Batch and Four Roses Single Barrel. Overlooking the scenic Salt River in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Four Roses has been handcrafting bourbon since 1888 and has been named “American Whisky Distiller of the Year” four of the last five years by Whisky Magazine. Cost is $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Make reservations by calling 404-443-8432.

Elevate Your Tailgate with Ormsby’s, Twin Smokers BBQ and SweetWater Brewery on October 11

With tailgating season in full swing, there’s no better time for the Atlanta Eats + SweetWater Tailgate Tasting. On Sunday, October 11 from 2-4:30 p.m., head to SweetWater Brewery for an afternoon of lip-smacking SweetWater brews and grilling grub as seen in the recent “Elevate Your Tailgate” episode of “Atlanta Eats Primetime.” Featured restaurants include Ormsby’s and Twin Smokers BBQ. Purchase tickets online for $25. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Giving Kitchen, which provides emergency assistance grants to Atlanta’s restaurant community facing unanticipated hardship.

¡Salud! To Gypsy Kitchen’s One-Year Anniversary

The culinary journey began one year ago when Gypsy Kitchen brought its Spanish flair to the new Buckhead Atlanta development. Now, this creative tribute to the diverse regions and cuisine of Spain is celebrating its first birthday with an anniversary evening full of food and drink specials Sunday, October 11, beginning at 4 p.m. Relax in Gypsy Kitchen's open-air cocktail lounge while sipping on complimentary glasses of sangria from 4-6 pm. After 6 p.m., sangria is $5 a glass. Throughout the entire evening enjoy $4 tintos de verano while noshing on half-off select plates. Executive chef Matthew Ridgway is also roasting a suckling pig for the occasion, and there will be live entertainment all evening.